The DOs and DON’Ts of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is maddeningly unpredictable. We may feel full of spit and vinegar one day and full of something else entirely the next. So … I like to keep things simple. Here are a few ways to help mitigate symptom flares and to make your days a bit more predictable.
— Pay attention to what you eat. Whole, natural, fiber-rich, nutrient-dense foods do make a difference! By making your health a priority, you can begin to rebuild your body from the inside out with whole, healthy foods.
— Move every single day. Whether you run a marathon or just walk to the mailbox, get out and do some form of physical activity every day. Increased pain is the result of stiff and unused muscles. Gentle and consistent movement provides great benefits such as pain relief, stress relief, improved mood, and improved mental clarity.
— Deal with the stress level in your life. While we can’t eliminate stress, we can choose how we’ll deal with it. Make dealing with it a priority. Participate daily in some or all of these healing practices: prayer, meditation, fitness, deep breathing, laughter, yoga, tai chi, walking, guided imagery, gratitude projects, a positive focus, getting a good night’s sleep, etc.
— Do too much when you feel good. Pacing is the name of the game. Learn to stop before you crash. This is a learned procedure and only comes by experience. Pay attention to how you feel and learn to anticipate the feeling of doing too much.
— Sabotage yourself with poor nutritional choices. The fastest way to feel poorly is to eat poorly. Fake foods provide fake and short-term love. Real foods provide lasting and health-supporting love.
— Ignore work issues or relationships that keep you frustrated. Sometimes little things can create big problems. If there’s a job-related issue that has your stomach in a knot, do your best to resolve it rather than ignore it. If you have a relationship that takes more from you than it gives, consider making a change. Tackle your stresses one by one and see the difference you can make.
Implement these tips into your daily routines and let me know your favorites! What works for you?